St Anselm's Southall

As we approach the Feast of St Ignatius of Loyola on 31st July, please join us in praying a novena over these next 9 days from each of our Jesuit parishes in England and Scotland. Today's novena comes from St Anselm's Church in Southall which is home to a vibrant community including Tamil, Urdu, Polish and Portuguese speakers. The Society of Jesus has worked tirelessly over the years to share Ignatian spirituality with those living in the parish.  Faced with an absent...
The following excerpt is by Charmagne Fernandes, a member of the Young Adults Ministry at St Anselm's in Southall, West LondonWE ARE the members of SAYAM, the Young Adults Ministry at St Anselm’s in Southall, West London. We are a group spanning two decades in age, from 21 to 41 years. We are single, happily married, with and without children, and of various ethnicities, but primarily British-Asian. Southall is often called ‘Little Punjab’ or ‘Little India’, and it has been a South Asian hub...
Jesuit novices, John Bosco Noronha and Thiranjala Weerasinghe, describe how they each found a way to accompany the parishioners of St Anselm’s, Southall over the course of their time there before and during lockdown.A sense of home THE SIX experiments during the two-year period of Jesuit noviceship (one of which is the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola) each offer something unique. For our fifth experiment, John and I departed in late February for St Anselm’s, a Jesuit parish in...
The team at St Anselm's Church in Southall have redesigned its Lenten retreat for these unique and challenging times.The original plan was for parishioners to gather in the parish hall every evening from the 30th March - 2nd April to journey together in preparation for Lent. That is no longer possible. However, the team at Southall have created a four-episode journey on YouTube which will enable viewers to be in communion with each other this week.Some of the questions addressed in this video...
Homeless man in snow credit brownpau
During this cold weather the community at St Anselm’s parish in Southall is working at full stretch to ensure no one has to face a possibly fatal night on the streets.  St Anselm’s parish priest Fr Gerard Mitchell SJ said today:“In this extremely cold weather, everyone is being asked to do what they can to ensure that no one is without shelter and a warm safe place to sleep.  At the present moment there are 20 guests staying in Hope for Southall Street Homeless shelter which is open...
Fr Mitchell addresses the London Citizens
West London Citizens and St Anselm’s Jesuit parish in Southall have achieved a break-through in their campaign for Living Wages at Heathrow Airport.To mark Living Wage week Heathrow airport was accredited as a living wage employer by The Living Wage Foundation.  The airport has committed to paying its 3,200 permanent employees, as well as any third-party contractors, at least the London Living Wage rate of £10.20 an hour by the end of 2020.This comes after three years of campaigning by...
Br Daniel (R) at this retirement party in 1997
Theme: “Peaceful Be Heaven, Peaceful Be Earth”A Study Day - Pilgrimage in SouthallEcology, “Laudato Si” and Br Daniel's workWestminster Interfaith and St Anselm's parish Southall invite you to an interfaith Celebration day on Care of Creation to mark the 10th Anniversary of the death of Brother Daniel Faivre SG.Brother Daniel worked in Southall for 28 years to bring about harmony and understanding between different faith groups. He was described by Michael Barnes SJ in his...
Legion of Mary at St Anselm's
The Legion of Mary at St Anselm’s Jesuit parish in Southall gathered last Friday to celebrate the birthday of their parish priest Fr Gerard Mitchell SJ. The legion has special responsibility for taking communion to the sick of the parish.The birthday celebration itself was a remarkable achievement in a week in which members of the legion made visits to over a hundred parishioners who were sick or housebound. With 22 active members of the senior legion and six in the junior legion, that...
Walkers with their certificates at Montserrat
Last weekend a number of Spanish Jesuit institutions, la Mare de Deu (parish), Joan XXIII (college), Migra-Studium (social justice centre) and La Vinya (foundation), organised an overnight pilgrimage walk to the Benedictine Abbey of Montserrat, Catalunya.Henriques Siqueira and Jan Janoszka from the London Jesuit parish of St Anselm’s Southall,  joined the Catalan-Spanish group on Friday 26th at 7:00 in the evening and reached the Monastery the next morning around 9:30.The walkers came from...
Henriques ready for the challenge
Please support our team from St Anselm’s!St Anselm’s Southall parishioners Henriques Siqueira and Jan Janoszka will be joining a group of Spanish pilgrims on an overnight walk from Our Lady of Bellvidge Jesuit parish near Barcelona to the Benedictine Abbey at Our Lady  of Montserrat this weekend. The trail is 54 km or 33 miles and will start at around 7:00pm on Friday 26th, hoping to reach their destination Saturday morning around 10:00am. Henriques and Jan are taking up this...

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